Simply Recipes 2019 Meal Plan: July Week 5

This week's meal plan checks all the boxes! Foil packs for a "no dishes" dinner, grilled tacos with fruit salsa, salmon poke bowls, juicy burgers, and creamy basil artichoke mac and cheese!

This month, we welcome back Marta Rivera for more of her meal plans. Marta is a trained chef, mom of twins, and wife to a newly-retired soldier! 

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Most of us are in the thick of summer vacation, so my hope for you (and myself) is to at some point this season get away on a fabulous vacation.

Right now, however (pathetically enough), my vacation consists of me soaking my feet in an inflatable pool on the back porch. I’ll look on the bright side, though: at least I’ll be able to make, and enjoy, meals fit for a five-star resort. I’m even going to throw in a decadent dessert, just for good measure.

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Grilled Fish Tacos with Strawberry Pineapple Salsa

The strawberry-pineapple salsa pairs best with a white fish like halibut or orange roughy. Make a double-batch of salsa for an afternoon or midnight snack for later on in the week. Just make sure you pick up tortilla chips to enjoy it with.

Mac and Cheese Add-Ins - mac and cheese in bowl with basil leaves and breadcrumbs on top

A much lighter version of the typical mac and cheese you may be used to. With basil being abundant this time of year, picking and freezing it in bulk will pay dividends later on. The three-cheese sauce doesn’t require a roux, which means less work. As an added bonus, this recipe is freezer-friendly!

Grill Foil Packets Meal

Foil packs make me happy because when I make them all I think about is, “There are no after-dinner dishes for me to wash!” Be sure to pick up fully cooked sausage to use in this recipe. That will help you avoid any more prep than necessary.

Salmon Poke Bowl with avocado

Any time I can make a meal with only one cooked component, I’m all over it like, well, like white on rice. Steaming rice is the only heat involved here. Use a sashimi-grade fish for this meal-in-a-bowl. Need it gluten-free? Use tamari instead of soy sauce. No leftovers because of the raw fish, though, so this is a one-and-done dinner.

Turkey Zucchini Burger with Garlic Mayo

Shredded zucchini adds moisture to the otherwise lean poultry and makes these burgers extra juicy. An upscale burger for a low-scale staycation!

Authentic Tres Leches Cake Recipe

Every week needs a rich, sweet ending like this cake. Cool, creamy, and slightly exotic, it’s the best solution to my unfulfilled wanderlust.

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Marta Rivera

Marta Rivera is trained chef with over 20 years in the culinary field and the blogger behind Sense & Edibility. She graduated from the Baltimore International Culinary College with degrees in Culinary Arts and Classical Pastries. Her cookbook is Taste and See Cooks.

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